• 61°

Think twice before faking sick

If Ferris Bueller had been forced to give up a few things he wanted before he faked illness to get out of school, well, he might have just traded his big day off for class.

The 1980s film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” showcases a prank pulled by many students for decades, and, apparently, many inmates.

It seems faking a sickness in jail means you receive a “get out of jail free” card in Concordia Parish. A visit to the doctor’s office, hospital or even the nurse visiting the jail can be a much-desired break from a jail cell and neighbors you don’t like.

In the meantime, the parish taxpayers were picking up the bill.

But not anymore. The Concordia Parish Police Jury approved a much-discussed ordinance Monday night that may keep Ferris in jail.

Now, inmates who visit the doctor, nurse or hospital or those who need a prescription, dental exam or psychiatric exam must pay $7 from their jail commissary fund.

The fund typically contains money family members provide inmates to purchase drinks, candy and other supplies from a jail general store.

The goal isn’t to withhold needed medical care, but instead to make sure inmates really need it and to save the parish a bit of money.

It’s a smart idea and one we hope provides the expected results.

Jail or not, faking illness should be left to the children among us.

News

Law officials arrest 3 in connection with automobile burglaries in Montebello area

News

Master Gardners host spring plant sale at Co-Lin

News

Security officer enjoys building relationships with students

Business

Jobs everywhere but few workers to fill them

Business

Natchez artist opens mobile-making studio amid pandemic

News

Concordia Parish jury finds Clayton man guilty in killing of his wife, 12-year-old boy

News

International investors from India visit Natchez on economic development trip

News

Donations of items needed for 3rd Gayrage Sale

News

City approves final lease for historic train depot on Broadway Street

News

Lt. Gov. Hosemann addresses American Rescue funds in Natchez, Adams County

Business

Hosemann won’t close door to Medicaid expansion in Mississippi

News

Natchez Euro Fest moved to Sunday due to weather

News

Local resident takes photo of lightning strike behind Mississippi River bridges

News

Firefighters work house fire on Rankin Street Tuesday night

News

ACCS Drama Club to perform Aladdin Saturday

News

CPSB names candidates for Superintendent of parish schools

News

Police investigating shooting on Bishop Street

News

Thomas named STAR Student at NHS, chooses Coach Haywood as STAR Teacher

News

Library closes for renovations

News

Adams County man arrested for alleged sex crime with juvenile

News

Master Gardener plant sale April 17 at Co-Lin

News

Harriss keeps active

News

Cemetery restoration workshop comes to Natchez Wednesday

News

CPSB reviewing applicants for new superintendent of schools